A welcome wind sweeps the plaza, hoisting a Ukrainian flag tied to a young boy’s neck into the air. People of all nationalities fixate on the young boy, the speaker standing before them. As he finishes the final words of his ode, a hopeful chant breaks out from the onlookers.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, local Ukrainians and supporters came together at a rally in Redwood City on March 20 to show support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people; we captured this moment in a collection of photos.